Easter Lollipops

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My buds at Sugar Bomb Bakery shared with me a great recipe for homemade lollies that use REAL fruit juice, Several years I found these awesome vintage lollipop molds and I just had the best time making homemade suckers! They look so pretty!
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup (organic, if you can find it)
1/3 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoons pure fruit juice (we used a blend of cranberry and blackberry)*
1/8 teaspoon citric acid (we used
Tart and Sour Flavor Enhancer, from LorAnn, I found it at Hobby Lobby)
*I am going to try a orange or mango juice for this years Easter treats!! This pic was taken several years ago and I am much more enlightened and knowledgeable about food dyes! I prefer to NOT use them now.
Lightly coat the insides of the molds with nonstick cooking spray and insert sticks.Stir together sugar, corn syrup, and juice in a medium-size saucepan.  Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, swirling the pan once or twice.  Cook to 300ºF (hard-crack stage) and immediately remove from heat.  Allow the bubbling to subside, then check the temperature and cool to 260ºF.  Now add the citric acid and swirl the pot to incorporate. Spoon mixture into molds, filling all the way to the top. Allow to completely cool prior to removing molds.

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Easter Treats!

Easter is just around the corner! I have been working on our Easter Egg Hunt at church and completely forgot to plan for my own Easter celebration! Looking around at some of my fav spots I have seen some great ideas and love to put them all in one spot!

 

peep sushi

Peep Sushi

Adorable Spring Crispy Pops from Glorious Treats

Bunny Tails!! from eighteen25

Veggie Flower Bouquet Treat by LivingLocurto.com

Veggie bouquet by Living Locurto

Easter Basket cupcakes via Tori Spelling @torianddean on twitter

easter egg crayons henry happened

Easter Crayons by Henry Happened

Easter Lollipops

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Here is a pic of last years pops. I haven’t started making them yet! oops….

My buds over at Sugarbomb Bakery

shared a great recipe with real fruit juice.

Go check them out!!

I am IN LOVE with ALL of these ideas!!

What am I going to do for Jack’s Easter Party?

What are you excited about this EASTER?

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Easter! Lollipops, Salad & my Tree!

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I found this great idea back at Valentine’s Day and I thought that I would make them again for Easter. I got these awesome vintage lolli molds off ebay! I am so excited to make them for Jack’s Class.

LOLLIPOPS

2 c sugar
1/2 c light corn syrup
1/2 c water
1/2 tsp candy flavoring ( I used orange for Spring!)
Bring to 260 add color remove when temp hits 290 and add flavoring.
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EASTER TREE

I saw all these adorable trees and I just couldn’t bring myself to buy one. Jack & I went out in the yard and found some great sticks. I put a rubberband around them and stuffed “grass” in the pail. I had all these fun eggs I found in Tina’s attic and I think it turned out so cute! Makes a great center piece!!

BROCCOLI SALAD
We are breaking tradition this year and I am NOT cooking the big meal. I am on a DIET! My Dad invited us to join them and as a lovely Southern Girl such as myself would never show up empty handed! I am making my FAMOUS (even if only in my own mind) Broccoli Salad. The trick to MY salad is that you blanch the broccoli for 2 mins to bring out the bright green color and to lighly cook. It is still crisp just more tender.
2 heads broccoli
6 slices bacon, crisp & crumbled
1/2 c golden raisins
1/2 c toasted almonds
1 small red onion, chopped fine
1 c mayo
1/4 c honey
2 Tb vinegar
Blanch broccoli for 2-3 mins remove submerge in cold water. Once cool add red onion and raisins to broccoli. Mix dressing and pour 1/4 to 1/2 onto broccoli mix and chill. Just before serving add almonds & crumbled bacon and additional dressing (if needed). Makes a great addition to any spring or summer meal. Enjoy!
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